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Toward Global Parliament

Foreign Affairs, January/February 2001

Posted: 19 May 2008  

Richard Falk

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Andrew L. Strauss

Widener University


As economic and social decisions are increasingly being made internationally, both civil society and business networks are attempting to gain seats at the global table. The evolution of these two networks has been largely uncoordinated, and neither can claim to represent the global citizenry as a whole. Global civil society's critics are already challenging its claims to represent the public interest, and the charge of illegitimacy has even greater resonance when leveled at corporate and banking elites. This article makes the case that only when citizens and business interests work within an overarching democratically representative global body can they achieve policy accommodations that will be widely seen as legitimate.

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Keywords: international law, democracy, global parliament, global peoples assembly, international organizations

JEL Classification: K33

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Falk, Richard and Strauss, Andrew L., Toward Global Parliament. Foreign Affairs, January/February 2001. Available at SSRN:

Richard Falk

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Andrew L. Strauss (Contact Author)

Widener University ( email )

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